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    Marshall Islands Geography - 1991

      Total area: 181.3 km2
      land area: 181.3 km2
      includes the atolls of Bikini, Eniwetak, and Kwajalein

      Comparative area: slightly larger than Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 370.4 km

      Maritime claims: Contiguous zone: 24 nm
      Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: claims US territory of Wake Island

      Climate: wet season May to November; hot and humid; islands border typhoon belt

      Terrain: low coral limestone and sand islands

      Natural resources: phosphate deposits, marine products, deep seabed minerals

      Land use: arable land 0%; permanent crops 60%; meadows and pastures 0%; forest and woodland 0%; other 40%

      Environment: occasionally subject to typhoons; two archipelagic island chains of 30 atolls and 1,152 islands

      Note: located 3,825 km southwest of Honolulu in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and Papua New Guinea; Bikini and Eniwetak are former US nuclear test sites; Kwajalein, the famous World War II battleground, is now used as a US missile test range

      NOTE: The information regarding Marshall Islands on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Marshall Islands Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Marshall Islands Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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